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Children’s Products Containing Lead – CPSC Finally Issues a Ruling

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There is some good news in the land, as far as children’s toys and products containing lead, are concerned. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just issued a ruling which was effective on August 14, stating:“Children’s products may not contain more than 100 parts per million (“ppm”) of lead unless the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC,” “Commission,” or “we”) determines that such a limit is not technologically feasible. The determination can only be made after notice and a hearing and after analyzing the public health protections associated with substantially reducing lead in children’s products.”

On February 16, 2011, the CPSC’s Commissioners conducted a public hearing “to receive views from interested parties about the technological feasibility of meeting the 100 ppm lead content limit for children’s products and associated public health considerations.” The Commissioners finally voted on this ruling on or about July 13, and it was a 3-2 vote of the Commissioners to publish the notice. The Commission voted 3-2 to publish this notice, without changes, in the Federal Register. Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum, Commissioners Thomas Moore and Robert Adler voted to publish the notice while Commissioners Nancy Nord and Anne Northup voted against publication of the notice. CPSC staff’s analysis regarding the technological feasibility of materials and products to meet the 100 ppm can be viewed at this website: www.cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia11/brief/lead100tech.pdf

Simply considering the number and extent of lead-contaminated, imported toys, childhood furniture and products—many from China—which had to be recalled from the marketplace in the past several years, this ruling is a good thing, but long overdue.

See below regarding recent lead-related recalls:

———–NEWS from CPSC———–

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs

4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, www.CPSC.gov

Report an Unsafe Product: http://SaferProducts.gov

This message contains the following:

1. Build-A-Bear Workshop Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Violation of Lead Paint

Standard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11298.html

2. Target Recalls Step Stools with Storage Due to Fall Hazard


1. NEWS from CPSC and HC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission www.cpsc.gov

Health Canada www.hc-sc.gc.ca


August 4, 2011

Release #11-298

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 236-5683

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

Build-A-Bear Workshop Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Violation of Lead Paint


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health

Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a

voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop

using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is

illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Love.Hugs.Peace lapel pins

Units: About 26,500 pins in the United States and 2,200 in Canada

Importer: Build-A-Bear Workshop(r), of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: Surface paints on the lapel pin contain excessive levels of lead

which is prohibited under federal law.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.

Description: The 1.5 inch lapel pin features graphics of a heart, bear

head, and peace sign all positioned in front of a globe. The words

"Love.Hugs.Peace." appear at the bottom of the pin.

Sold by: Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and online at

www.buildabear.com from July 2009 through October 2010 for $3.50 in the US

and $4 (CDN) in Canada.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Stop using the lapel pins and return the lapel pin to any

Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a $5 store coupon. If it is not

possible to return the pin to a store, you can contact the company for

alternate instructions on receiving a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Build-A-Bear

Workshop toll-free at (866) 236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday

through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Saturday, or visit the

company’s website at www.buildabear.com

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at


To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including a picture of the recalled

product, please go to: